Fancy footwork, artistic handwork and undulating bodies matching the beat of pounding drums made a mesmerizing dance show at the 36th Annual Ethnic Dance Festival held at the Yerba Buena Center, June 5-29. Standing room-only crowds couldn’t stop applauding.
The timeless quality of precision dance was demonstrated by nine different groups out of the 30 ethnic groups participating in the festival.
From the stomping boots of a mountaineer Peruvian Dancers to the fearsome dancers of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, it was an awesome show of different cultures and their ethnic identity.
Stunning costumes and intricate story-telling were shown by the Suciawani Balinese dancers, while the unique Okinawa Group made quite a contrast to other dancers. Other interesting dancers included the troupe from the Philippines and a belly-dancer from Cairo. Young, spirited dancers from Dimensions Dance Theater of Oakland made a splashing show that added to the future festivals.
Congratulations to the directors, tech crews, and volunteers who made this such a successful festival!